1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO THEODOSIA ALICE TAYLOR; 17 July 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540717-TC-TAT-01; CL 29: 129-130


Chelsea, Monday, 17 july [1854]—

Dear Mrs Taylor,

Very unluckily I am engaged for this evening; neither is there now so much as time to announce the fact to you till too late. For Thursday I can come; and tho' that turns out to be a day of my own choosing, I decide that we will still stand by it, according to your kind assent, lest farther puzzles and worse cross-purposes befal us! Nothing is more tragical, in a small way, than two persons of intense politeness meeting on a staircase, and mistaking the turn,—jumping and rejumping to afford each other passage, and at every new jump merely again knocking their heads together. The remedy is that one of them become unpolite or less polite, and stand stock-still.

Your beautiful hand has been spoiled by imitating Taylor's; a kind of forgery withal I see nothing but ruin, unless you stop short in that course!—

On Thursday then—

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle